Skinn by Dimitri James

Skinn by Dimitri James At-A-Glance

Strengths: The toner; a few good moisturizers, including some designed for the eye area (even though skin around the eyes doesn't require a separate product) and for oily skin; the lip scrub; the Nutri-Lift products (even though they don't lift skin in the least); mostly good, and some intriguing, makeup palettes; some great mascaras; the automatic eyeliner pencil.

Weaknesses: No sunscreens (How can you take any cosmetic line's anti-aging claims seriously when they completely overlook the importance of sun protection?); jar packaging for antioxidant-rich products; no products to manage acne or skin.

Dimitri James is a makeup artist, hair stylist, and fashion consultant who spent two decades working for some of the biggest cosmetics companies in the world. After stints with brands such as Estee Lauder and Revlon, he decided, as so many others have before him, to launch his own products. Apparently, he was disenchanted with the business model most large cosmetics companies follow. According to James, the formula was always the same: "make a cheap product, put it in a fancy jar with a nice box and charge as much as possible." His cynical summation is definitely appreciated by those of us on the Cosmetics Cop team. Ironically, however, for the most part, Skinn's business model mimics the business model of many large and small cosmetics companies; that is, his products come in fancy jars, make inane unsupported claims, and are absurdly overpriced. Adding to that insanity, many of his products are poorly formulated.

Aside from the glaring same old, same old mix of disenchantment, those hoping for some good news about Skinn products will be pleased to know that this line does have some products worth considering. That doesn't mean the claims are accurate or that they outperform excellent products from many other lines. Overlooking the omission of reliable sunscreen from this line, the handful of good formulas are capable of getting as close as possible to keeping skin looking youthful and healthy. They won't replace cosmetic corrective procedures, but no skin-care routine will do that. Please refer to the list of strengths for products worth your attention; any products not on that list you can skip, unless you want to set yourself up for disappointment, and you will be disappointed if you expect the farfetched claims to come true.

Skinn's promises for their makeup—that they will make you a picture of airbrushed perfection—are beyond reality. Today's best makeup products can go a long way toward making a beautiful finish to your appearance and they're easier to apply than ever before. Just keep in mind that technique still plays a major role, so don't expect any makeup product to be the final answer. Skinn's color line has just as many misses as hits, so shop carefully. In this case, the foundations and concealer are not worth considering over countless others, but there are some great powder blushes and eyeshadows, a fantastic eye pencil, and mascaras that perform beautifully; but again, these are easily replaced with less expensive options. Those intrigued by makeup palettes may find some good options here, too.

All told, the Skinn line has a handful of impressive products, but it's not remotely "the revolution in cosmetics" Dimitri James makes it out to be. For more information about Skinn by Dimitri James, call (866) 346-4874 or visit www.skinn.com.

Note: This line is sold primarily on home shopping channels.

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Best Natural Light Skinn Illuminizer Skinn by Dimitri James Face Shine  $24.00
Best Sheer Effects Lip Gloss Skinn by Dimitri James Lip Gloss  $9.50
Best Luxe Waterproof Eyeliner Skinn by Dimitri James Waterproof Eyeliner  $9.50
Poor SOS Overnight Pore Reducing Serum Skinn by Dimitri James Serums  $27.50 1.00 fl. oz.
Average Full Body Lift Skinn by Dimitri James Anti-Cellulite/Firming Products  $36.00 3.00 fl. oz.
Good Creme Extreme Skinn by Dimitri James Body Lotions/ Creams/Balms/Butters  $20.00 6.50 fl. oz.
Poor Nutri-Lift Night Time Nourishing Fluid–PM Skinn by Dimitri James Serums  $40.00 0.50 fl. oz.
Poor Milky Protein Cleanser Skinn by Dimitri James Cleansers/Soaps  $19.00 6.50 fl. oz.
Good Color Touch Eye, Cheek, & Lip Glow Skinn by Dimitri James Cream/Cream-to-Powder Blush or Bronzer  $17.00
Average Youth Veil Airbrush FX Dullness, Redness & Shadow Solution Skinn by Dimitri James Loose Powder  $22.50
Average Olive & Enzyme Rich Balm Cleanser and Deep Cleansing Mask–PM Skinn by Dimitri James Cleansers/Soaps  $24.00 4.00 fl. oz.
Good Bright Eyes Eye Enhancing Treatment with Pro Collagen Skinn by Dimitri James Liquid Concealer  $12.00
Poor Sulfate Free Rapid Exfoliating Cleanser–AM Skinn by Dimitri James Cleansers/Soaps  $18.00 4.00 fl. oz.
Average Kohl Eyeliner (Discontinued) Skinn by Dimitri James Eye Pencil  $8.50
Average Lash 3X Eyelash Conditioning Gel Skinn by Dimitri James Lash Growth/ Lash Conditioners  $38.50 0.17 fl. oz.
Poor Wrinkle Balm Extreme Night Treatment Seal–PM (Dry to Normal) Skinn by Dimitri James Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $17.00 0.50 fl. oz.
Average Orchid Gel Tint Color Correcting Mattefying Day Primer Skinn by Dimitri James Foundation Primer  $24.00 1.30 fl. oz.
Poor Skinn Vacuum Deep Pore Cleansing Mask Skinn by Dimitri James Oil-Absorbent Masks  $21.00 2.00 fl. oz.
Average Repair C Plus Copper and Zinc Vitamin Concentrate AM & PM Skinn by Dimitri James Specialty Skin Care Products  $15.00 0.50 fl. oz.
Good Hylighten Skinn by Dimitri James Eye Moisturizers  $36.50 0.25 fl. oz.
Poor Crease Release Triple Action Day Cream–AM Skinn by Dimitri James Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $27.50 1.30 fl. oz.
Poor DermAppeal Thermo-Enzymatic Microdermabrasion Treatment Skinn by Dimitri James Scrubs  $35.00 2.00 fl. oz.
Poor Eye Definition Line & Shade Wheel Skinn by Dimitri James Liquid/Gel/Cream/Cake  $14.00
Good Luxe Premier Eyeshadow Collagen Boost Treatment Shadow Collection Skinn by Dimitri James Powder Eyeshadow  $32.00
Average Absolute Perfection Pro Collagen Face Brightener with Skin-Plexx 12 Skinn by Dimitri James Foundation Primer  $22.50 1.30 fl. oz.
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